Univ of New York Press Simultaneously resurrects a lost dimension of a most important segment of American history and illuminates America's present and future by showing the role religious issues played in Reconstruction during the 1870s.
Book News Tells the story of the Republicans' public school crusade of the 1870s. McAfee (history, CalState U. in San Bernardino) looks at how the movement grappled with issues of race and religion and also with the very structure of the American polity. Along the way he discusses issues such as spiritual concerns, child-rearing, practices, public responsibility, the maintenance of common moral standards, and whether or not the US is a Christian nation. Although intended primarily to elucidate the meaning of American political culture in the 1870s, the work also gives historical perspective to issues that continue to interest the national community. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.